FAQs: Acupressure Mats for Horses

Acupressure has been around for century’s as a therapeutic treatment, but it’s a relatively new treatment that can help stifle problems in horses. Naturally, you may have a few questions about how to use it, so these quick answers should help answer some initial questions about integrating Accuhorsemat into your horse’s recovery routine.

When is the best time to apply the Accuhorsemat - before or after a ride?

It depends on your horse, your routine, and what you are working on.  Many riders use the Accuhorsemat before a ride, to help warm up the horse and alleviate tightness and pain so your horse can move more freely.  Using the Accuhorsemat after a work-out is great for recovery, taking more oxygen to the muscles to accelerate the healing process.

For horses suffering from specific issues such as SI or other chronic pain issues, you can use the Accuhorsemat for 15 minutes before AND after the ride, for the optimal results.

How long should my horse wear the Accuhorsemat?
A minimum of 15 minutes provides a significant increase in blood flow. A 20-30 minute treatment is the average time needed for your horse to feel the benefits of a treatment. Many riders leave the Accuhorsemat on for even longer to help their horses relax.
Can I use the Accuhorsemat on my horse every day?
Yes, it can definitely be used daily! How often it is used depends on your routine with your horse
What is a typical reaction for a horse when being introduced to the blanket?

We always recommend you take it slow the first time you apply the Accuhorsemat, adding one piece at a time as your horse gets comfortable – see our instructional video at: http://acuswede.com/accuhorsemat/how-to-use/

For most horses, you can apply the entire Accuhorsemat system during the first use, within 5 minutes. Some horses may be more sensitive and it takes a few applications to get comfortable wearing the Accuhorsemat. Your horse is likely to take notice and may shift around the first couple of minutes, once he starts to feel the treatment. Many horses find a release with the Accuhorsemat with the first use – licking, chewing, dropping their head, yawning. Other horses take a few applications before they settle in and relax. The Accuhorsemat releases endorphins, so your horse is likely to be calmer and more mentally relaxed after a treatment.

After regular use, you should notice a difference in any pain or tightness your horse has been holding. Your horse should move more freely, and should be able to gain muscle strength due to the decrease in tension in the fascia and on the muscles.

Do you always need to use the hind quarter mat, the shoulder mats, and the blanket?
To get the maximum benefit and increase in blood flow in the whole body of your horse, the whole Accuhorsemat system should be applied. The blanket is necessary to be able to use the shoulder mats, and it also keeps an even pressure on the hindquarters mat and keeps it from shifting across your horse’s skin.
Can the Accuhorsemat be used for therapeutic purposes?
Yes, the Accuhorsemat is a great complement to acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy. Using the Accuhorsemat in between therapy sessions can prolong the benefits of the therapy, keeping your horse loose and balanced. It may also increase the time between needed therapy sessions. It’s also very helpful to use the Accuhorsemat just prior to a therapy treatment, as it will relax your horse and loosen up muscles and making it easier for the practitioner to work with your horse.
How do I care for the Accuhorsemat?
It is very simple to care for the Accuhorsemat. The mats are made of wetsuit-like material, so they can be sprayed off and then hang to dry. You can use a standard green cleaner on the mats to disinfect between horses if needed. The blanket can be machine washed on warm, normal cycle, similar to how you wash other blankets.
Are there batteries or any replacement parts for the Accuhorsemat?
No, the Accuhorsemat works simply and naturally, just from the pressure of the rosettes on the mat on your horse’s skin, activating the trigger points in your horse’s body. There are no batteries and no electricity is required. If one of the rosettes falls off the mat, it can be snapped back on or replaced with another rosette (replacement rosettes are shipped with an order).
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